Why are some people miserable and others happy?

Some of my favorite quotes are from How to Stop Worrying and Start Living by Dale Carnegie. Here is one such quote:

“Napolean had everything men usually crave – glory, power, riches – yet he said at Saint Helena, “I have never known six happy days in my life”‘ while Helen Keller – blind, deaf, dumb – declared: “I have found life so beautiful.””

We have a choice to make in this life. We can be a dejected, backbiting, sour puss who is cross — or a bouyant, serene, joymaker who takes things to the cross. It is our choice.

Today, you and I can follow God’s very clear instructions in this.

Thessalonians 5:16-18 (New International Version)
16Be joyful always; 17pray continually; 18give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

Colossians 4:2
Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.

What will you do today? Be selfish? Be thankful?

Lord, let me see myself for who I really am. Often, I go through this life just thinking about me. Today, I want to be thankful in all things. I want to view myself as having value because I am your child. I acknowledge that selfish ambition often leads to lonliness and that the true path to happiness is through Jesus Christ and in serving and loving others. Let this day be a good day in your eyes. Amen.

All Scripture quoted from the New International Version (NIV)

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